How was your week?! By way of a blogging journal, here are things I read and heard over the last week which inspired and motivated me. I hope they also give you ‘a lift’ dear reader..
And why start? Because the start of this ‘week to week journal’ kicked off for me listening to a webinar with regular New York Times blogger Carl Richards (@Behaviourgap on Twitter)
The number 1 lesson from Carl; #1 Knowing is easy, doing is hard.
This really resonated with me; so here goes.
Blog #1 2020
20 reasons to celebrate 2020
Yes really; according to Samuel Fishwick of the Evening Standard, see; https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/20-reasons-to-celebrate-2020-a4332901.html you can ignore the doom-mongers — we’ve never had it so good and this is the year to be optimistic.
Good news, yes, even when three days into the new decade there’s a row between the US and Iran — if you look at the bigger picture, progress is not wholly on hold. In fact, there’s a lot to celebrate at the start of 2020. So: deep breaths, big smiles. 20 reasons to be cheerful include;
The UK’s net-zero emissions target inches that bit closer, the vegan bandwagon is on a (sausage) roll, and Bond is back with Daniel Craig returning. We can’t wait.
Driving to the office the next day I hear BBC Radio 4 Today Programme referencing the BBC Sounds podcast; an attempt to repopulate the Northern White Rhino https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3cswmpl via the use of IVF in surrogates. It’s definitely worth a listen to hear about an innovative way scientists are bringing back species from the brink of extinction. Who’d have thought?
In other ‘audio’ news, I’ve started podcasting! Well, to be entirely accurate I’ve started recording guests on a series of podcasts called; Island Influencers with the help of James and Martin at Bamford Media.
Why? to continue the theme of ‘giving a lift’, I want to help tell the stories of
-Successful business owners
-Experienced Professionals and
Based in (or with influence in) the Isle of Man. The aim of ‘the show’ is to highlight these people and the organisations and businesses they represent and what good they’re doing in our community, hopefully to bring you an awareness of what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.
The first one is ‘in the can’ with thanks to the lovely Bob Jeavons former #TynwaldMills owner for agreeing to talk on #islandinfluencers #isleofman .A real gentleman -so many great ideas, both locally and universally relevant More details to follow such as where you can subscribe (I wish) on iTunes.
Carl Richards lesson #2. Try saving a penny on day one, then doubling it each day; after 30 days you have scaling influence (the answer is £5,368,709.12).
Which takes me to my second podcast guest; Beach Buddies Isle of Man hero Bill Dale. Is there anything this guy cannot do? If anyone epitomises where success comes from it’s Bill who started Beach Buddies alone for years before the real scaling effect got traction. From 1 individual to 20% of the population of the Isle of Man so far. I can’t wait to talk to him; Bill and Beach Buddies are featured this week in National Geographic; see https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2020/01/how-british-island-nation-tackling-plastic-waste-and-winning
Podcast Guest #3 is Adam Owen of Nextgen Planners and current President of the Personal Finance Society. I get to ask him about hopes for the great profession we both have the privilege to work in, and how he sees the future of a place like the Isle of Man, still weighing under the misapprehension it’s just a tax haven. Of course I will also be able to congratulate him on his latest high profile appointment; strategic consultant for Thornton(!).
If you’ve got a suggestion for a guest you think I should interview on the podcast, please contact me through the contact button on our website and put the title ‘podcast guest’ in the title.
I wish you a great end to your week. After our Natalie has hosted our client event tomorrow; “Waking up to Dementia” with co-hosts Quilter Cheviot, Sally Bolton of Corlett Bolton and Charlotte Greenbank of Alzheimer’s Isle of Man, I think we should all go cleaning beaches. It’s the Lhen and Sartfield this weekend!
Thanks for reading!